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Evolution & Behaviour

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How the domestic rabbit became fearless

The domestication of animals progresses gradually as wild animals' genomes evolve and they adapt to life in captivity. Such genetic changes may manifest themselves in how an animal looks, behaves, functions and reproduces. The most striking of these modifications is tameness, - a common feature... click to read more

  • Leif Andersson | Professor at Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Irene Brusini | PhD student at Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Miguel Carneiro | Researcher at CIBIO/InBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto, Vairão, Portugal
  • Mats Fredrikson | Professor at Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden and Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Chunliang Wang | Researcher at Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Views 6071
Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 18, 2018
The saiga antelope is hit by a meteorological bullet

Saiga, a central Asian antelope, known for their bizarre facial features and as a unique survivor of the Pleistocene, is facing a crisis. In May of 2015, when their population was finally recovering from poaching during the collapse of the Soviet Union, reaching a quarter... click to read more

  • Richard Kock | Professor at Pathobiology and Population Sciences, The Royal Veterinary College, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Views 2854
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 21, 2018
High performance silks deployed by web building wolf spiders

Silk is a truly amazing fiber naturally produced by moths, caddisflies, some flies, ants, bees, and grasshoppers, as well as spiders. If you have seen a spider abseil from their web, you are familiar with dragline silk, one of several types of silk a spider... click to read more

Views 23278
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 12, 2018
What were the ice age ‘stilt-legged’ horses of North America?

The horse family, which includes horses, zebras, and donkeys, is more than 50 million years old. During its early years, members of this group were the size of dogs and had three toes. Over time, they became the large, one-toed animals we know today. But... click to read more

  • Peter D. Heintzman | Senior Researcher at Tromsø University Museum, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 2, 2018
Are burrowing snakes digging their own evolutionary grave?

Why is there variation in the number of species between different groups of animals and plants? Why do some groups seem to be more "evolutionarily successful" with a higher number of species than other? For instance, there are over 10,000 species of birds but just... click to read more

  • Vivek Philip Cyriac | PhD student at IISER-TVM Centre for Research and Education in Ecology and Evolution (ICREEE) and School of Biology, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvananthapuram, India
Views 6849
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 26, 2018